Bradshaw hits out against anti-private dogmatism

Health minister Ben Bradshaw has attacked Wales' and Scotland's decision to shun the private sector as 'dogmatic'.

Ben Bradshaw
Ben Bradshaw

Speaking at a Confederation of British Industry (CBI) conference in London last week, Mr Bradshaw defended Westminster's push to introduce the private sector into the NHS in England.

The minister described the UK's policy split as a 'fascinating competition' after all three Celtic countries committed to excluding the private sector from the NHS.

'I get fed up being told by some of the media that England suffers from health apartheid ... because millionaires in Wales get their prescriptions free,' he said.

Mr Bradshaw said competition between sectors in England was 'a route to high quality services and value for money, not to privatisation by the back door or any nonsense about the closure of GP practices'.

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